Mumbai: The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has launched Maharashtra's first 'drive-in' vaccination centre at the multi-storey Kohinoor Parking Lot near the Shivaji Park in Dadar.
The drive-in facility is for specially-abled senior citizens, expectant mothers and other citizens who are not able to wait in queues at vaccination centres, said a civic official.
With a capacity to inoculate 5,000 people at seven booths in one day, the facility has become an instant hit among the people.
According to reports, more than 200 people drove down to the drive-in vaccination centre on Tuesday, got their jabs, and waited the mandatory 30 minutes in their vehicles before driving out.
"Drive In facility for 45+ specially-abled. BMC G-North Ward has started a new vaccination centre at Kohinoor Parking Lot for citizens coming for their 2nd dose of Covid vaccine," the BMC said in a statement.
Two local BMC Corporators Vishakha Raut and Preeti Patankar, both of the ruling Shiv Sena, had demanded such a facility for the people in both their wards - Shivaji Park and Dadar - after the BMC decided to start vaccination centres in each corporators' ward for public convenience.
For the ongoing vaccination, those using it would pay the regular parking charges of Rs 60/hour but avail a hassle-free jab in the safety and comfort of their own vehicles as per the Covid-19 protocols, said the official.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra has also started giving vaccine jabs to all adults above the age of 18. Even as Mumbai continue to face vaccine shortage, the vaccination was open for people above the age of 18 at five centres.